Alpine Shire is located 286kms north east of Melbourne. The Shire is made up of 92% public land, including parts of Alpine National Park and all of Mount Buffalo National Park. The Shire’s economy is based on tourism, forestry and agriculture.
Communities in the municipality include three main towns Myrtleford, Bright and Mount Beauty, and the villages of Ovens, Porepunkah, Eurobin, Dederang, Wandiligong, Tawonga, Harrietville and Dinner Plain.
Alpine Shire Council has a total population of 12,337 people in 2016. The median age of Alpine residents has grown from 45 years in 2006 to 49 years in 2016. This is much older than the Victorian median of 37 years.
Alpine Council have identified, through the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, the following priorities:
- Healthier eating and active living,
- Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use, and
- Preventing violence.